A man suspected of having killed nine people in the German town of Hanau was found dead in his home early Thursday, hours after the attacks in and out of two shisha lounges, the police said.

Officers have also found another body at the same address, the police said.
The police did not give any details of the suspected gunman, but said, “There are currently no indications of further perpetrators.” Police didn’t give specifics of his possible motive, or how he died or explained why police think he was the assailant “with a high degree of probability.”

Officials sealed off and searched the apartment in Kesselstadt district of Hanau, near the scene of one of the shootings, after witness statements on getaway car were pursued.

Police said work to confirm the identities of the two bodies at the home was still underway, and they could not immediately give details either on them or the identities of the victims of the earlier shootings.

Public broadcaster Hessischer Rundfunk earlier reported that the first shots were fired at a shisha bar in the city centre, with witnesses saying they had heard eight or nine shots.

The report said that the perpetrators then drove to the western neighborhood of Kesselstadt before they started shooting again at another shisha bar.

A third reported shooting in the northern neighborhood of Lamboy was not confirmed, but a large police contingent was in the area, the DPA news agency reported.

‘Terrible evening’

Claus Kaminsky, the mayor of Hanau, said it was “an evening that you can hardly imagine being any worse.”

“It was a terrible evening, that will surely occupy us for a long, long time and stay with us in sad memories,” he said in comments he made to an online broadcast from Bild newspaper.

Kaminsky did not give any more details or shine any light on possible motives for the shootings.

Katja Leikert, a parliamentarian for the Hanau constituency, wrote on social media that it was a “true horror scenario for us all.”

The motive for the shootings remains unclear.

Police have set up a hotline for members of the public with information that could lead to the suspects.

Germany has had several violent attacks in recent years one of which killed 12 people in the heart of Berlin in December 2016.

Far-right attacks have become a particular concern for German authorities.

In October, a deadly anti-Jewish gun attack in the eastern city of Halle on the holy day of Yom Kippur underscored the rising threat of neo-Nazi violence. The rampage, in which two people were shot dead, was streamed live.

Last June conservative politician Walter Luebcke, an advocate of liberal refugee policy, was shot at his home.

On Friday police arrested 12 members of a German far-right group believed to have been plotting “shocking” large-scale attacks on mosques similar to the ones carried out in New Zealand last year.


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